State Group 4
The State Group 4 Championship meet was one of the coldest that I can remember in the past few years. This meet was bitter sweet for us this year. Kate Rathman finished 10th earning her a trip to the Meet of Champions this coming Saturday. She becomes our first MOC qualifier since Megan Lacy and her time of 19:27 is #4 all time at Holmdel in school history. Unfortunately Sophia Eick did not have the kind of State meet that she had hoped for. Before the race even started, the cold was messing with her breathing. It was evident a half mile into the race that something was not right with her. After nearly blacking out at the top of the bowl, she had to remove herself from the race. Taking out our #2 runner certainly hurt our team aspirations, but first and foremost Sophia was not hurt. Despite not having our top squad complete the remaining girls stepped it up. Shannon Young ran a personal best at Holmdel of 21:06 to place 82nd. Her time is #25 all time in school history. Riley Gleason ran 21:28 to place 91st(#30 all time). Her time is also the fastest she has run at Holmdel. Kayla Fericy ran 21:36 to place 101st. She also ran her fastest ever at Holmdel park. Alyssa Blackmon ran 23:09 to finish 136th and Gabby Moraschi ran 23:52 to place 141st.